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History of the Yale Law SchoolThe Tercentennial Lectures$
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Anthony T. Kronman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095647

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095647.001.0001

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Blackstone, Litchfield, and Yale: The Founding of the Yale Law School

Blackstone, Litchfield, and Yale: The Founding of the Yale Law School

(p.17) Blackstone, Litchfield, and Yale: The Founding of the Yale Law School
History of the Yale Law School
John H. Langbein
Yale University Press

This chapter traces the origins of Yale Law School, which goes back to the earliest days of the nineteenth century, when there was as yet no university legal education. The discussions include the reasons behind Yale's long hesitance about sustaining a law school; how young lawyers were trained in a world without law schools; eighteenth-century English jurist William Blackstone's objection to the underlying premise of apprenticeship training; and the shift from the apprenticeship system to university legal education in the United States.

Keywords:   American law schools, Yale University, legal education, apprenticeship training

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